Hoover seniors, Kate Haubert and Emily Walker wasted no time making the most of their senior season. The guards finished with 16 points a piece, while having tough defensive assignments.
Haubert had the toughest assignment of all, checking Miami (OH) commit Madison Cluse. While there’s no stopping Cluse from getting buckets, Kate hounded her enough to keep her from dominating. Cluse still managed a double double. Walker, along with Jefferies, held Nordonia’s Majoros, a Wisconsin-Milwaukee signee, to a single field goal.
The Vikings got out to a double digit lead in the second quarter and seemed to be rolling. However a couple quick baskets, and a Cluse coast to coast layup to end the half kept it close.
Nordonia rode that momentum into the second half as they switched to a home and held the Vikings scoreless for almost 7 minutes. The Hoover lead was cut to a bucket before the Vikings could get off the schnide.
The Vikings opened the final quarter with some tactical social distancing, as they spread the floor with a four point lead and forced the Knights to guard them. Nordonia has trouble defending all night as all of Haubert and Walker’s field goals came inside ten feet.
Kennedy Syllaba had a solid night while battling foul trouble, she finished with ten. Angela Roshak played well for Hoover, almost tallying a double double. The victory for the Vikings avenged a loss to open the season last year at Nordonia. Hoover next takes on Massillon on Tuesday.